WA State Champs 2019: Club Rankings
Two weeks done and dusted for the WA State Championships. Below is the list of clubs ranked by how many of their respective teams have made Grand Finals in Championship Division & Division 2 with the number of Championships won in brackets after the team name, which should give us an indication of how clubs are going in terms of athlete and team development.
10 - Willetton Tigers (7);
6 - Warwick Senators (2);
3 - Joondalup Wolves (1)
2 - Cockburn Cougars (1); Kalamunda Eastern Suns (2); Lakeside Lightning (2);
1 - Busselton Bullets (1); Geraldton Buccs (0); Perth Redbacks (1); Perry Lakes Hawks (0)
What this shows us:
1. Despite other clubs claims (Destination of choice for Basketball anybody?) Willo are still the power club in WA and nothing has changed that. 10 teams in grand finals, with two grand finals consisting of two Willo teams. People claim the gap is closing but based on the above figures, this would prove otherwise
2. Warwick are definitely making massive strides in their junior program, but their record of only winning 1 out of every 3 grand finals they make would be something they want to address moving forward. Have well and truly overtaken their neighbours in the Wolves and Hawks
3. The fact that Mandurah and Rockingham are not represented at all sends alarm bells for the two southern metro clubs. The question has to be asked, especially in the case of the Flames, has too much emphasis been placed on SBL success and now the WABL program is suffering from a clear lack of development.
4. Whilst they only made two grand finals each, the fact that both the Lightning and the Suns won any grand final they participated in says alot about how their players handle big games.
Interesting to say the least and I would love to hear others thoughts